Justin Verlander got smoked by the Indians on Tuesday as he allowed five runs on 11 hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over six innings in the loss.
The wheels are coming off rapidly for JV who has allowed five earned runs and has walked as many batters (6) as he has struck out over his last two starts. Verlander's struggles have been hidden some prior to this because he was getting enough run support to help him wheel off six wins to one loss through his first seven starts of the season despite owning close to career worst walk and strikeout rates. Luckily, Verlander's next start on Sunday is a favorable one at home versus a banged up Rangers team.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Luol Deng (knee) won't return Sunday.
Michael Beasley is likely the candidate to replace the Deng starting minutes for the rest of the way. There is no word on the long term implications of the injury yet, but if there is, Beasley might be a solid play for the rest of the season. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Athletics reassign Luke Carlin, Max Muncy and Andy Parrino to minor league camp.
One of these things is not like the other. Muncy is a 23-year old prospect, while Carlin and Parrino are older journeymen. Muncy, a first baseman, his 21 home runs in 2013 at High-A in 428 plate appearances. But the power hasn't translated to Double-A yet as he hit just seven home runs in 530 plate appearances there last year. Muncy isn't really a prospect you have to know, but he's far more notable than Carlin and Parrino. Analysis: Brett Talley